So you’ve gotten gifts for your mom, dad, and significant other (and if you haven’t, might we recommend our mom-, dad-, and significant other–themed gift guides), but what about the slightly less exciting people to shop for, like your stepbrother, cousin, and in-laws? We rounded up the best last-minute gifts for these people you’ve put off shopping for.
Your younger sibling who just moved into their first college apartment
Colorful nesting bowls that will set them up in the cooking department.
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Your sister who listens to podcasts while she cooks
Your nephew who’s really into puzzles
Sleek Chinese mirror cubes for even the most fidgety of hands.
Your landlord who’s also a devoted plant mom
Little plant babies she can stick to her refrigerator.
Your dad who’s an adventurer
For the sailor or diver who always wants to get out on the water when he’s traveling — this dry bag will keep his tech gadgets safe.
Your cousin who just got into design school
A design-y sketchbook that will help the budding illustrator or designer brainstorm ideas.
Your roommate who throws a lot of dinner parties
A kawaii banana-shaped wine stopper to help keep her Chardonnay from going flat.
Your roommate who throws a lot of house parties
This little gadget will let him control the playlist and volume no matter where he’s mingling in the room.
Your brother who works a high-stress job
An acupuncture session might be out of your budget, but these colorful little stress balls are a cheaper way to show your support.
Your niece who loves game nights
Jenga for creative kids.
Your foodie brother who loves cooking stir-fry
Your friend who never fails to tag you in a meme
Your friend whose dog has its own Instagram
A small kingdom for a pet-celebrity-in-training.
Your roommate who has a teething puppy
This cute artichoke-shaped chew-toy will help prevent their pup from driving you crazy.
Your very new boyfriend or girlfriend’s mother
There is something just a little too intimate about a bath product for a woman you truly do not know (and may never see again), but you can’t go wrong with a Champagne-scented festive candle from Jonathan Adler. (Here’s another fail-proof candle we love.)
Your mother-in-law who says she doesn’t want anything
Introduce your martyr of a mother-in-law to the joys of a shea-butter, jasmine-scented L’Occitane lotion.
Your 13-year-old stepbrother who won’t shut up about “The Last Jedi”
A collectible bobblehead that would make a great desk accessory.
Your arty aunt
Your cousin who likes to cook
Your relatives hosting you for the weekend in the middle of nowhere
Boggle: a gift for them, and a gift for you; so you can play this instead of having to talk to one another!
Your office Secret Santa
Your sullen father-in-law
Your sullen father-in-law into tools
An easy-to-use laser tape measure for the person who likes to tinker.
Your cousin who just visited you in New York
Your bro-y brother who is not a vegetarian
He doesn’t have to know this beef jerky is GMO-free, MSG-free, and sugar-free. It comes in three flavors: smoke, honey, and fire.
Your sister-in-law’s 1-year-old
Your sister-in-law’s 3-year-old
Nothing cuter than a sliceable plush water melon.
Your Italian grandmother
Your brother or sister’s hip girlfriend
An under-the-radar organic cleanser that smells a little earthy and will look great in any bathroom.
Your sister or brother’s hip boyfriend
All the shoe-cleaning tools needed to waterproof a pair of pristine Common Projects sneakers or pricey leather boots.
Your aunt about to go on a cruise
Have her pack this theftproof wallet, with more pockets and slots than she’ll ever need.
Your new girlfriend who said she didn’t want anything
You should still get her a little token anyway — like this romantic (but playful) Lego rose.
Your cousin who stalks the Skin-Care Addiction Reddit
A delightful Cool Whip–esque cleanser from Korean beauty brand Nooni.
Your 16-year-old brother
So he can skulk off with his friends and play ping-pong in the basement.
Your 11-year-old brother
A smartphone-controlled paper airplane (that’ll get him out of the house).
Your cousin who’s about to do a semester abroad
Your goofy uncle
Your sister who likes a stiff drink
Spirits and cocktail writer Lou Bustamante tipped us off to insulated wine flasks that you can fill with your favorite wine or chilled cocktail and take with you to picnics or the beach. His Hydro Flask recommendation is sold out, but this one’s a nice substitution.
Your sister into wellness
A colorful meditation cushion for the person who’s always trying to feel more Zen, one that makes a good floor pillow.
Your relative you want to spend no more than $5 on
A multi-tool (it’s a bottle opener, ruler, box cutter, carabiner, and flat-head screwdriver) that doubles as a key chain.
Your sister’s college roommate who you have absolutely zero salient facts about
There is no one who couldn’t use a little extra juice for her phone. (It can provide the equivalent of two to three full charges, and comes in a rainbow of fun colors.)
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